New York.- Senate Democratic Conference leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced that Senator Michael N. Gianaris will serve as the new Deputy Conference Leader. Senator Gianaris, from Astoria, Queens, represents the 12th Senate District and successfully led the Senate Democrats’ election efforts during the 2012 elections.
The Greek American Senator who is credited for the Democratic gains in November’s elections will also remain Chairperson of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee.
“Senator Michael Gianaris is an incredible public servant, and I am pleased that he will serve as the Deputy Conference Leader for the Senate Democrats,” Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “During the past election, Senator Gianaris led our conference to victories throughout New York State and helped ensure that Democratic Senators were elected despite daunting odds. I look forward to having Senator Gianaris as part of my leadership team.”
“I am honored to be chosen by Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to serve as her Deputy,” said Senator Michael Gianaris. “There is much work to be done to advance the progressive goals the people of our state demand. I am excited to be a part of Senator Stewart-Cousins’s team and look forward to working in partnership with Governor Cuomo to achieve these goals.”
Deputy Leader Gianaris was elected to represent the residents of western Queens in the State Assembly in 2000 and was elected to the State Senate in 2010. During his time in office, Senator Gianaris has been a leading advocate in reforming state government and advancing progressive issues.
Under Democratic Leader Stewart-Cousins’s leadership, the Democratic Conference will continue to advance progressive issues such as enacting common sense gun laws, raising the minimum wage, standing up for women’s health, helping small businesses, and providing real mandate relief for local communities.
GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
On Friday Senator Gianaris participated at a gun violence prevention press conference, hosted by Assemblymembers Michelle Schimel and Brian Kavanagh, to show broad support for the need to immediately pass more sensible gun laws.
“How many atrocities are needed before we stand up and take action against the gun culture plaguing our nation? Newtown is only the latest of such avoidable horrors to visit our nation. The sensible gun proposals put forth today, which would make New York State the nation’s toughest on guns, are the kinds of measures that must be passed to save the lives of innocent people. I join my colleagues in calling for immediate action on these proposals to make us safer from gun violence and keep such senseless, heartbreaking tragedies from repeating themselves time and again,” Senator Gianaris said.
In August Senator Gianaris introduced five sensible gun laws of his own which, if passed, would make New York the nation’s toughest state on guns. His package of bills include:
Limit the purchase of a firearm to one per month;
Establish a universal background check for all gun sales;
Require prospective purchasers to obtain a firearm safety certificate;
Impose a 10-day waiting period to the sale of a firearm in order to give law enforcement officials enough time to perform a thorough background check of the prospective owner
Close several gaps in the regulation of firearms and sale of ammunition, including mandating dealers to report all firearm and ammunition sales within 24 hours to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. Records of all sales must be kept on file by the state for at least ten years.